Soak your troubles away in a hot and relaxing Epsom Salt bath that is rich in magnesium and the perfect remedy for anxiety, inflammation and insomnia. We have a self-care Soak-the-day-away detoxifying bath recipe for you to try that is cheap, easy and can be done at home in your own time.
Epsom salts create a wonderful soak for your body. You’ll absorb some of the magnesium through you skin to help relax your muscles, and the baking soda neutralizes acids on the skin and dissolves oil and perspiration. Adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil will enhance the experience and allow you to fully de-stress.
This is what you’ll need:
2 cups Epsom salts
2 cups baking soda
Optional: 5-10 drops your favourite essential oil.
Try lavender to relax, peppermint to energize or eucalyptus if your immune system is down.
Add all the ingredients to a full, warm or hot bathtub and soak for 20 minutes. Any easy way to remember this bath salt recipe is 2-2-20. Two cups Epsom salts, plus two cups baking soda for 20 minutes.
Dim the lights, light a candle and add some peaceful music or a nature sound track for an even deeper relaxing effect. Take your time to just relax and breathe. Most skin experts say to soak for 20 minutes to allow the Epsom salts to pull the toxins from your pores, but not more than 20 minutes as you risk re-absorbing the impurities.
If you feel like getting more creative and getting the kids involved you can make some fun bath bombs. These are easy to make and pop in the bath and watch as the relaxing goodness explodes in colour.
Bath Bomb Recipe.
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1/2 cup Citric Acid (found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store)
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
3 teaspoons Water
4-5 drops of Essential Oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of beet juice or few drops of natural food colouring (optional)
Optional: 1/2 cup Maizena / cornflour can be added to make the bath bombs firmer.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix all wet ingredients in a separate container.
- Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry while stirring. You may see it fizz a little when they begin to mix, but that’s okay just keep stirring. Once they are fully mixed, the mixture should feel like damp sand.
- Optional: add in beet juice/natural food colouring and mix well.
- You’ll need something to form the bath bomb such as a mould. A muffin pan serves well. Once you have your mould, add a few drops of olive oil to each individual muffin mould and rub it around the area. This will allow the bombs to come out easier.
- Add the bath bomb mixture to the muffin pan and press in firmly. The bombs will expand, so don’t fill each muffin area to the top.
- Leave out at room temperature for at least 3 hours or until dry/hard to touch. Depending on their size, you may need to leave them out overnight.
Enjoy your bath bombs!